Lewis (Good Night, Harry) focuses on the artwork in this story, which is set into motion when the words "It's time for us to go home" send ducklings Henry and Seymour scampering in the opposite direction. Patient work with colored pencil and chalk produces densely textured areas of pondside plant life: leaves look velvety, or long and sharp and stiff, or lettuce-like. Depicted as toys, Seymour and Henry have button eyes, fuzzy topknots, overstuffed yellow bodies and enormous orange feet. The way the two crumple up when they tumble down hills ("Slippy-slidey-bump") or shuffle into tight spaces will delight an audience of children just starting to follow a book-length story. Ages 2-up. (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Seymour and Henryby Kim Lewis
Seymour and Henry love to play and can’t wait to jump in the pond. Plop! But when it’s time to go home, pit-a-pat, they run away, scampering farther and farther from their mother. Now it’s starting to rain,/b>
Two adventurous ducklings get a little too carried away in a tale of a mother-and-ducky reunion that toddlers are sure to appreciate.
Seymour and Henry love to play and can’t wait to jump in the pond. Plop! But when it’s time to go home, pit-a-pat, they run away, scampering farther and farther from their mother. Now it’s starting to rain, and Mommy is nowhere to be seen. "QUACK!" Can they find their way back? And what will their mommy do then? With her trademark soft pastels, Kim Lewis brings to life an endearing pair of toy ducklings and an ever-patient mom.
This reassuring yet slight story stars a pair of stuffed-animal ducklings. When their mother tells them that it is time to leave the pond and go home, they run off and play instead, hiding and waiting for her to find them. But when it starts to rain, they return to her, and she takes them to their cozy nest. Done in pencil crayon and chalk pastel, the illustrations are soft-edged and sweet, with chubby, beady-eyed yellow ducklings sporting T-shirts and tufts of white fuzz on the tops of their heads. The action pages are done as a series of smaller vignettes, endowing the pictures with a sense of motion. The scenes with the mother duck are full-bleed spreads, emphasizing her comforting presence. Even the spot art is presented on light blue washes, giving the whole book-from its yellow plaid endpapers (which echo the mother's patterned coloring) to the final page of the brothers tucked into bed-a gentle, inviting feeling. Although the text is a bit longer than might be ideal for the intended audience, the use of sound words such as "pit-a-pat" and "plip-plop" as well as the distinctly toddlerlike sensibility of the ducklings is likely to appeal to younger listeners. A pleasant addition to larger collections.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.90(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 2 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Kim Lewis is the creator of many award-winning picture books, including GOOD NIGHT, HARRY; A PUPPY FOR ANNIE; and FLOSS. She lives with her family in the countryside of northern England
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